Two-door SUV convertible carves follows in the footsteps of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible
8 October 2018

Volkswagen previously confirmed a convertible version of the T-Roc SUV would arrive in early 2020, and now spy photographers have caught it testing for the first time. 

The two-door model looks set to be the only convertible in Volkswagen's range, since the Golf Cabriolet was axed in 2016 and the Beetle has since gone the same way.

The disguised prototype is the first time we've seen a drop-top T-Roc on the road since it was confirmed for production. The disguise is surprisingly modest, given that the car is more than a year away from production, showing its thin windowline with a fabric folding roof in place up to the rear. 

Scheduled for launch at the end of the decade, the T-Roc Cabriolet is to be built at the Osnabrück plant - formerly the home of coachbuilder Karmann, which produced the Golf Cabriolet and original drop-top Beetle. Currently, the facility oversees part-production of Porsche's Cayenne and 718 Cayman, the Skoda Fabia and the Volkswagen Tiguan, which is finished in Wolfsburg

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At its peak, around 20,000 T-Roc Cabriolets will be made per year, representing an investment of around £70 million in Osnabrück targeting logistics and modernising of production and assembly technology. 

More than 40,000 orders for the regular T-Roc have been placed since its launch late last year, although convertibles tend to be slower-selling for Volkswagen; just 613 Beetle Cabriolets were sold in the UK in 2017.

However, SUVs are increasingly important for the brand. It plans to launch 20 before 2020, by which time they will represent around 40% of its total sales. 

It’s part of a new, more 'emotional' strategy as the brand introduces cars that steer away from its traditionally rational approach. The dramatically styled Arteon was the first example. 

The concept designs for the T-Roc Cabriolet were so good that a production run was approved by Volkswagen's board even though it didn’t make “rational sense”, according to company sales boss Jürgen Stackmann. He said: “It’s a car we all wanted to make. There isn’t a huge market for it. That sort of car is only popular in a small number of countries. But we felt passionately we should do it.”

Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess added: "Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand. The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range.”

A T-Roc R model has previously been reported, but Volkswagen remains tight-lipped about whether this will make it to production, despite a growing sports SUV market with new entries announced regularly. 

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26 February 2018

Why, "Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet" I hardly see any around Britain and soft tops aren't popular in Europe so I don't suppose they sell many there either.

Just sully's the T-Roc which I actually quite like.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

26 February 2018
xxxx wrote:

Why, "Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet" I hardly see any around Britain and soft tops aren't popular in Europe so I don't suppose they sell many there either.

Just sully's the T-Roc which I actually quite like.

The Evoque cabriolet is hugely expensive though!! 

8 October 2018
xxxx wrote:

Why, "Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet" I hardly see any around Britain and soft tops aren't popular in Europe so I don't suppose they sell many there either.

Just sully's the T-Roc which I actually quite like.

I live in the East Riding and they're a surprisingly common sight round here.

8 October 2018
beechie wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Why, "Range Rover Evoque Cabriolet" I hardly see any around Britain and soft tops aren't popular in Europe so I don't suppose they sell many there either.

Just sully's the T-Roc which I actually quite like.

I live in the East Riding and they're a surprisingly common sight round here.

Maybe you keep seeing the same one

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

26 February 2018

The Evoque cabrio has sold well above expectations, but this will not, it will be a cheap VW made to be expensive, and people are not that stupid, are they !

 

8 October 2018
jonboy4969 wrote:

The Evoque cabrio has sold well above expectations, but this will not, it will be a cheap VW made to be expensive, and people are not that stupid, are they !

"Evoque cabrio has sold well above expectations".  Can you tell us what the expected number was and how many they actually sold, because I've only ever seen a couple in about 12 months

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

8 October 2018
jonboy4969 wrote:

The Evoque cabrio has sold well above expectations, but this will not, it will be a cheap VW made to be expensive, and people are not that stupid, are they !

What exactly about the Evoque is premium besides its price?  And people are daft enough to buy those...

8 October 2018

Anybody that tags a picture of a Velar with their posts can never be taken seriously...Loyalty to one brand should never cloud ones ability to be subjective about another...

9 October 2018
jonboy4969 wrote:

The Evoque cabrio has sold well above expectations, but this will not, it will be a cheap VW made to be expensive, and people are not that stupid, are they !

Their expectations must have been terribly low then. Lets face it, this VW will be better made than the Evoque, which is a 'cheap' freelander in overweight, unrefined cabrio drag. Your comments are void (even 8 months later).

26 February 2018

Baffling. I can only assume that VW thinks it *needs* a convertible in the range, and one based on the T Roc will make more money than one based on a Golf.

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